Prince Buruju Kashamu has initiated a legal battle at the Federal High Court, Lagos to prevent his extradition to the United States to face trial for alleged drug-related offences.
Kashimu, who was elected Senator at the March 28 National Assembly election on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, joined the Inspector-General of Police and 11 others as respondents.
The court yesterday adjourned till Friday, the hearing of all the applications in the suit on the fundamental rights suit with number FHC/L/CS/508/15.
The other defendants are the Chairman, Nigerian Drug Laws Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Director General, Department of State Security, DSS, the Interpol, National Central Bureau, NCB, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF.
Others are the Clerk of the National Assembly, the National Security Adviser, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Nigeria Custom Services, the Nigeria Immigration Service, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The court headed by Justice Okon Abang, adjourned the hearing of the suit following an application for adjournment by Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to EFCC for him to confirm which of the office of the agency (Lagos or Abuja) that the processes were served.
Oyedepo claimed that he was yet to lay hands on the processes filed by the applicant, and that it is not in the habit of the agency not to respond to any application served it. Moreover, the matter was coming up for the first time.
He therefore urged the court for a very shot adjournment date to enable the commission respond to Kashamu’s application in the interest of justice.
However, lawyer to the applicant, Dr. Alex Izinyon, SAN, urged the court to discountenance the EFCC’s application for an adjournment, on the ground that the matter before the court must be determined expeditiously.
He argued that there was no any material fact before the court to exercise its discretion. And that since EFCC had conceded that they were served and failed to respond after 12 days stipulated by Order 8 Rule 3 of the court, such did not make room for “even extension of time”.
Other respondents who have filed their responses and objections to the suit did not raise any objection to the EFCC’s application for adjournment.
Specifically, counsel to the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. Silas Simon, also prayed the court for a short adjournment for the NIS to respond to applicant’s application.
Consequently, Justice Okon Abang adjourned the hearing of all pending applications in the matter till Friday.
Kashamu was elected Senator on March 28 to represent Ogun-East Senatorial District, Ogun State.
In a 92-paragraph affidavit sworn and deposed to and filed before the court by two Dr. Alex Izinyon and Rickey Tarfa, both SANs, claimed to be a businessman of Plot 1228 Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria.
He averred that he was incarcerated in Brixton Prisons in London from January 10, 1998 till January 10, 2003, when judgement delivered by the Bow Street Magistrate London presided over by District Judge Tim Workman, where it was held that the allegations by the US authorities against him with regard to importation of Narcotic into the United States of America involved a case of mistaken identity and there was no “prima facie ” case that he was the person referred to as “Alaji” by those apprehended in the US who had indicated that they had a West African collaborator. Consequently, the judge then proceeded to set aside the committal order.
He also stated that after the judgement which was delivered on October 6, 2000, he was re-arrested and brought to face the second extradition proceedings which the US authorities had commenced before the judgement of the high court was delivered, adding that when the second extradition judgment was delivered on the January 10, 2003 by Justice Tim Workman, he was released and he returned to Nigeria.
He stated that thereafter he was lured to join politics because of his philanthropic activities through his Omo-Ilu Foundation. But his political activities have brought him some powerful enemies including his erstwhile political leader, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
In the affidavit, Kashamu alleged further that Obasanjo and himself had been political allies between 2009 and 2012 when he worked for him and his candidate for governorship of Ogun State election, Gen. Olurin. And that he however fell out with Obasanjo because of his stand for internal democracy in the PDP. Consequently himself and his allies resorted to litigation to loosen Obasanjo’s group hold.


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